What if there were no distractions in life, such as TV or movies?

Answer by Rory Young:

I've spent many years in the bush doing walking and canoeing safaris or forest surveys, anti-poaching patrols or problem animal control. I slept variously under the stars, in tents, in huts in African villages and sometimes in the sumptuous rooms of luxury safari lodges. 

The one thing that I never saw was a television or movie. That doesn't mean I don't appreciate them or am against them in the slightest. In fact I am more drawn to them than most people because I am not as used to them.

However, it is wrong to think that there is no equivalent out in the bush our that our ancient ancestors were somehow deprived.

Quite the contrary. They had the best TV available. I call it "bushman television". Most people call it fire.

You sit yourself down in front of it and stare at it, possibly with your mouth open, for hours and hours. It is very addictive.

"Bushman television" is just as good as modern television. In fact it is better in many ways. Bushman TV is specially adapted and tuned in to you personally. You travel to different worlds you never knew existed inside your own head and the plots are forever developing without any forcing by some hurried writer.

Lastly, the special effects simply cannot be compared with by any modern technology..

Aside from "bushman TV" people who live without modern entertainment enjoy a much more social means of entertainment. It's called singing and dancing.

Everyone in an African village joins in. It is the most natural and relaxing thing a human being can do. Some dance, some sing, some beat drums and some tell stories. Some old people just sit and watch and clap along.

Maybe we should be watching some of this on "TV"..

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